Shannon Williams

The Day After

| by Shannon Williams

As we say in the South, it’s fall, y’all. Time for tailgates, pumpkin patches, and hay rides. And in the non-profit sector, it’s time for giving days.  Giving Tuesday is the most well know of course, but higher education and independent schools also ha…

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Dog Days and Donors

| by Shannon Williams

Oil and vinegar. Pancakes and ketchup. Duke and Carolina fans.  Some things just don’t go together.  I have learned that Capital Campaigns and Summer belong on that list. Summer in general and July, in particular, is a terrible month for fundraising. While it…

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When a Conversation Takes a Serious Turn

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Last week I had the opportunity to meet Katherine Ngaruiya (Kat). We had a video call scheduled, but technology was not my friend, so it turned into a phone call. Here we were two professionals sharing our career journeys and present engagements—simply getting to know one another. Som…

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A Year Later . . .

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One week from today, Jeff and I will pick up our oldest son from his first year at college.  Turns out, you were right.  He has had a great year and life for the rest of the family went on—mostly without feeling all that different.  When I wrote about Devin’s up…

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One Thing At A Time

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At the end of a long day of meetings, I stood at the stove crafting homemade Gouda Mac and Cheese with my laptop strategically placed on the island. In between stirring my butter, milk, and flour mixture I busily responded to emails.  With the mac and cheese prepped, I popped it …

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Permission to Fail in 2018

| by Shannon Williams

We are eleven days into 2018. At this point, the new year still holds promise. No matter what your 2017 was like, on January 11th most of us still believe this year will be better.  Michael Green, CEO of the  Social Progress Imperative says in a recent N…

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Lessons from a Leaf Blower

| by Shannon Williams

Decades ago I bought my husband a leaf blower as a birthday present. Now before you judge, I am not normally a person who gives practical items as gifts. At the time, the leaf blower was a luxury. We were early in our marriage and home ownership. Money was tight. I paid $30 for this fancy ga…

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Checking the Expiration Date

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A couple of weeks ago I did something I haven’t done in years. I checked the expiration date on the milk in the fridge.  As a mother of teenaged boys, my regular routine includes buying several gallons of milk each week without much thought about consumption. For years, the milk …

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Growing Up Among the Sharks

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We recently completed our 11th season of summer swim team. The final one for Devin as a swimmer, and his first year as a coach. As a family, we have always enjoyed swim team. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of thousand-degree nights, where the adults are sweating while the kids are…

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